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Putin insists gays cannot express views to minors during Olympics

Anastasia Bucsis
Anastasia Bucsis
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According to the Canadian Press, Russian president Vladimir Putin stated on Friday that gay visitors at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi are welcome, but cannot express gay rights views to minors.

Russia's president stated "We have no ban on nontraditional sexual relations. We have a ban on propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia".

The issue has been a hot political topic leading up to the biggest sporting event on the global stage. Putin meanwhile has vowed to make the Olympic Winter Games a success.

The Canadian Olympic Committee has vocally disapproved of the Russian position. They have been very active in Gay Pride Parades throughout Canada over the last year.

Also one of Canada's possible Olympians is speed skater Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary, who has publicly stated that she is gay. Bucsis will know on January 22 if she will be on the Canadian team. It will be interesting to see if there will be extra media attention surrounding her next month in Sochi because of Russia's political stance regarding the matter.